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US President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the federal Department of Justice has passed a vote on final confirmation.

Jeff Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, was confirmed on Wednesday upon attaining a simple majority of votes in the Senate. The final count stood at 52-47, with Mr Sessions not voting.

Mr Sessions will replace Dana Boente, the acting attorney general. Mr Boente was chosen by Mr Trump to replace Obama administration appointee Sally Yates, whom the president fired when she refused to defend his controversial executive order barring entry to the US for citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.

Mr Trump has been outspoken in defence of his nominee to head the justice department, criticising civil rights icon John Lewis on Twitter after the long-serving Democratic congressman spoke out against Mr Sessions’s nomination.

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